Category Archives: 2011

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Brut66 guitarist Pete Bufo was perilously close to leaving this mortal coil early November 2012 after an ‘altercation’ with a bouncer at a gig in Lennox Head Northern NSW. As you will see from these images Pete is a peaceful, loving family guy who wouldn’t hurt a fly. This is a song we wrote together a few years ago. The chorus, "After all we were built for love", is his, it sums Pete up top a tee. We’re so glad you are still with us.

THE HO HO HO SHOW : EXHIBITION AT THE “EVERYTHING THAT’S BEAUTIFUL “ GALLERY

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Exhibition at my Gallery, opening tomorrow night ……… The Ho Ho Ho Show …… group show, with some FABULOUS local artists. It is a MUST see. Opening at 6pm @ ‘everything that’s beautiful’ 2/1 Church Street Lane. Bellingen. Thank You.

OPENING 2 DECEMBER 2011. That’s this Friday Night. 6p.m.

RUNNING THROUGH 2011

Here we go – one picture a month for 2011 of life here in the Bellingen Shire.

 

DECEMBER 2010 – a trifle early but it will give me the full 12 months.

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Here’s a treat. THE SUDDEN COMFORT MOTEL. Urunga doesn’t do very well with motels. Just a few along the Highway. IN fact, the whole shire is lacking in accommodation of the motel variety.

It surely is difficult to beat a Bates Motel on an old highway that goes by the name of SUDDEN COMFORT.

JANUARY 2011

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It was a good year for birds here in Raleigh. All manner of birds. I don’t know most of the names but I do know the kookaburra and the jabiru and the wee kingfisher as well as our lorikeets which come each day in their dozens.

FEBRUARY 2011

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Bellingen is a busy town these days but there are still occasions on which peace reigns. Hyde Street, Bellingen – with Dog.

MARCH 2011

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In March 2011, Scrubby the Scrub Turkey came to  live with us. Caused havoc. Tore the Succulent Garden apart. Pretended it was a chook or a lorikeet. Chased the cats and terrorised the foxes. Scrubby disappeared this week along with the 2 chooks and I am not that sorry to have him gone but he did add colour to daily life.

APRIL 2011

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2011 was better than the last few years as regards flooding and rain but there were still moments – and days. Even the critters despaired at times.

MAY 2011

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The Shire has abeautiful stretch of beaches including 3rd Headland on the Southern End.

JUNE 2011

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In Church Street are the cafes. Not all of them but they call it the café precinct. Black Bear is  the one we frequent most often but it’s a good row of eateries. Daytime mostly though I believe the new No 5 Church St is 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

JULY 2011

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Yellow Rock Road which runs from Raleigh to Urunga is worth a drive around. It follows the river most of the way. The 2009 floods hit it pretty hard and 2 years later some repairs are only just completed like this restored shed and fences.

AUGUST 2011

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2011 also saw the construction of the Church Street ‘Urban Precinct’. Cost a lot. Caused controversy and I have still to see people use it. Just past the Bean Café it is. I haven’t been to Bean. I’m not saying why, Could be just fine.

SEPTEMBER 2011

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Another of the buildings  trashed by the 2009 floods was the URUNGA MUSEUM. It re-opened in September after two years of dedicated volunteer work. I know its open on Tuesday and Wednesday and is well worth a look.

OCTOBER 2011

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And then last month, the inaugral BELLINGEN RIVER FESTIVAL was held. Spot on . Perfect.

NOVEMBER 2011

 

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And now the frogs are here.

2BBB AGM. THURSDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2011. 7pm. AT THE STATION.

THE FACEBOOK PAGE

THE WEBSITE

2BBB – The Voice of the Valley….the Plateau, and the Seaboard!

What is 2 BBB FM?

A bit of everything, really…..a truly marvellous snapshot of the Bellingen Shire. It’s

Local Bello breakfast National News weather flood reports rock talk lunch classical blues youth countryFrench Slim Dusty late night Global electronic Jazzworld hiphop Punk rockabilly poetry Latin late night rave ComRad Satellite BBC world service deadly Aboriginal sounds drama Community local charactersambient trance Transition Town.

Bellinger Community Communications Co-operative (Radio 2BBBfm)

We were inquorate at last Thursday’s AGM. 2BBB needs Fresh, Enthusiastic, Energetic Members to take up key jobs to keep us keeping on……7pm CWA Rooms Church St TONIGHT 3/11/11.

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11 OCTOBER 2011 : ON THE eBENCH EARLY IN THE DAY

BELLINGER RIVER LINKS

MCGRATHS HUMP

Illustrated Sydney News (NSW : 1853 – 1872), Saturday 3 January 1891

http://pool.abc.net.au/projects/bellingen-river-festival

http://www.facebook.com/bellingenriverfestival

http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?q=BELLINGER+RIVER

1891 ‘Notes and Sketches on the Bellinger River, N.S.W.’,Illustrated Sydney News (NSW : 1853 – 1872)  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63611959

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Good Morning to you all. Now that I have been home almost a week, some of the semblances of comfort have resumed their usual positions in my life. The man I live with has gone to work. The daughter and the Cheery Redhead are to go to Singing in Bellingen and I have time to sit at the eBENCH quite early in the day and return to Yaaning rather than problem solving or quick posts. Today, Pearl from ABC POOL in Bellingen is coming to visit. She has baked a cake for me. We are going to talk about my memories of the BELLINGER RIVER. At the end of this month, the Inaugral BELLINGER RIVER FESTIVAL is to be held and people are gathering tales and pictures and whatever else they can.

Pearl rang me the other day to see whether I would like to talk with her and having said YES, I have come to the conclusion that I know very little about the River especially further up in the Bellingen area. I do a lot of scrounging through the old newspapers and a lot of googling and I have listened to many people over the years, but I don’t actually know a lot, myself.

Well, that’s how it seems to me right now.  I do, however, know that History is often wiser when gathered in small pieces from various sources.

What is happening on the Bellinger River today will become part of its history tomorrow.  Now, that’s a comforting thought.

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REGATTAS, CARNIVAL ETC  ON THE BELLINGER.

REGATTA The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW  1842 - 1954), Friday 6 January 1911, race The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW 1842 - 1954), Monday 30 January 1922,
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Friday 6 January 1911 The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Monday 30 January 1922,
ARNE BORG The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW 1842 - 1954), Monday 18 February 1929, urunga The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW 1842 - 1954), Wednesday 29 December 1926
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Monday 18 February 1929,
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16532055

I wonder where the Carnival was held.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Wednesday 29 December 1926
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16343591
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THE BELLINGEN RIVER FESTIVAL 29 OCTOBER 2011

This October will see the Inaugaral Bellingen River Festival. It looks like a very good idea to me. Check the Facebook Page. I am going to do some TROVE digging to see what other tales I can dig up.

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THE BELLINGER DISTRICT WAS CALLED WUNGHADU = RIGHT HAND.

Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889 – 1915), Saturday 16 September 1899.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article61303822

ABORIGINAL LANG Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW 1889 - 1915), Saturday 16 September 1899

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OYSTERS IN 1910.

A brief review of the fisheries of New South Wales, present and potential .. (1910)

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http://www.facebook.com/bellingenriverfestival

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article61278097

The Late Rainfall. (1900, July 28). Clarence and Richmond Examiner.

john curran on the bellingen island

 

island Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW  1889 - 1915), Saturday 28 July 1900

 

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Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889 – 1915), Tuesday 4 October 1910,

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article61528786

urunga 2 Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW 1889 - 1915), Tuesday 4 October 1910,

23 AUGUST 2011 : ESTAP: The condition or a time of having developed flowers: The azaleas were in full flower.

The condition or a time of having developed flowers: The azaleas were in full flower.

Azaleas have had significance in Bellingen. Years back we had a festival here and it was known as the Azalea Festival. We had it in Springtime and Floats went down the street. I am agitating lightly for the return of the Azalea Festival. I think that even some of the Incomer Nouveaus might enjoy it. WE had Azalea Princesses and marching bands. Bellingen has become a little remote from the simple magic of the Festival.  Murwillumbah , up North, has reactivated its Sugar and Banana Festival. Time to bring back the Azalea Festival to the Main Street of Bello. I think I have only one photo of azaleas amongst my collection and that was a bush in Ulmarra. I don’t actually like them much because they are unperfumed but they look good en masse. I have NO pics of the Festival and haven’t as yet been able to locate one online. Best put an azalea pic up anyways. It won’t be mine but there might be someone who isn’t familiar with them. I don’t know how Bellingen’s azaleas are looking this year. We are Soooo waterlogged and I don’t think that’s going to bring them to full flower.  One of my early memories of Bellingen is of jasmine in the springtime. I was camped in a tent by the Tropical Island in the middle of the river, reading Lord of the Rings by lamplight and the perfume brought a magic into my life that wasn’t part of my Belmore World in Sydney.

Now for an image of an azalea.

http://www.davidsonsnurseries.com.au/historyculture1.html

Aha ! Thanks to Pip Wilson once more. http://wilsonsalmanac.blogspot.com/2009/09/bellingen-community-fest-lost-to.html

FROM 2009 WILSON’S BLOGMANAC

Bellingen is called, or used to be called, the Azalea Town and all the flowers are coming out in full bloom around town. Our climate and slightly acidic but fertile soil are perfect for azaleas, that queen of flowers. Sadly, the Azalea Festival isn’t held any more, with its parade of colourful floats in the main street and a plethora of community activities. This tradition, held each year around September 15, encouraged fun and community participation at no charge, and the town looked fantastic as almost everyone had azaleas in their gardens, with the show of whites, pinks and reds a feast for the eye.
Sadly, it has recently gone, and the only festivals now are specifically genre music ones, commercial ventures charging very high entry fees. The next such festival is in October, and entry for an adult is an incredible $230 (for three days), beyond the pockets of all but the well-heeled. The owners of the festival require visitors to wear wristbands — shades of authoritarianism, unnecessary and very unaustralian.
I would love to see the not-for-profit Azalea Festival reinstated, and from what I can gather, so would many other Bellingenites. Not a festival that focuses on one or more types of music at high prices, but one that celebrates the community and a wide variety of aspects of culture and arts, designed for community, and pride in community, not for private profit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellingen,_New_South_Wales

CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL BATHER

http://www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au/files/21603/File/Church_Street_Upgrade_Active_-_01.pdf

http://www.nambuccaheadsrotaryclub.com.au/about/history

http://www.bellingengolfclub.com.au/Newsletter/pdf/12aug11.pdf

in GOOGLE BOOKS

http://www.bellingenplaybacktheatre.asn.au/archives.htm

AND FROM THE SCRIPTURE UNION IN 2010.

September 2010
Once again thank you for your great letters it is so great to know we all belong to such a
wonderful organization of members worldwide.  We had Back to Church Sunday today
but not many were able to come due to other things happening like rowing in the river
each week as they go in the races for Breast Cancer, most people in the boat have been
able to survive, do they have these boat races over there?  Others had to go to other
towns to baby sit their grandchildren, but nevertheless we had a good service.
Our minister the Reverend Stephen Davis is just back from his 10 week long service
leave and holidays.  He’s 6ft 3in tall and rides a motor bike, his wife Leeola also rode a
bike but just before their holidays they sold both their cars and bikes and bought a bike
with a side car and a utility to pull their caravan for their holidays.  We had a very busy
day in Bellingen on the 21st August.  We have had a Jazz Festival in Bellingen for the
last 20 years, over this weekend 20th, 21st and 22nd where we get thousands coming.  
Years ago we used to have some of the performers staying but not the last few years.   
As I might have told you before we have markets in the Park every 3rd weekend with
up to 250 stalls there with all kinds of things.  This year was also Federal Elections
where it has only just been sorted out.  Also we had a stall in the grounds as the
elections were held in our hall, we did very well at that, it was hard to get anywhere
that day. For many years the Rotary Club held a garden competition the Azalea Festival
this week, and after a wet winter and a dry August the Azaleas all around town are
absolutely outstanding.

 

http://www.parishofaberavon.org/downloads/January2011%20-.pdf

http://earthrisediaries.blogspot.com/

A FLORAL RAMBLING OF MY OWN

 
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ON THE BENCH : THE OLD BELLLINGEN LIBRARY.

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With the new Church Streetscape on my mind, I wandered down Hyde Street the other day and came upon the bench where the old Library was. This is what I call A BENCH. REST A WHILE – it says clearly. REST A WHILE.

I didn’t sit there this week but I have often done so. I did take a seat outside the Bellingen Museum. Sat there with a couple of Urunga men and talked about Old Times. Then I headed up into Church Street and took a look at the new streetscape. Some of it I like and some of it I don’t like.

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GREAT GIG GREAT GRAPHICS

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FUNDRAISERS and OTHER CELEBRATIONS.

I went to Crazy Day on Saturday and I LOVED it. Back to roots size festival. Got me thinking once more of the small fund raisers and the small festivals like my beloved AZALEA Festival and the URUNGS SPORTS WEEK.

Then I figured there must be even older celebrations and fund raisers in my equally beloved HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS ONLINE from the NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA so I am going for a hunt this morning and see what other ideas we can come up with for raising money for the BELLO HOSPITAL and other worthy causes. See what Ideas we can come up with for simple pure FUN.

FUN IS NOT A FOUR LETTER WORD.

Okay then, Back into the bowels of the NLA Historic Newspapers and lets see what ideas we can reclaim from the past.

IDEAS FOR FUN AND/OR FUND RAISING IN THE BELLINGEN SHIRE.

A steamer ride to the North Beach
A Cricket Match with Deep Creek.
A day at the Races
Novelty Flower Show.
A Scottish Fair
Belgian Day on the Bellinger

 

fun The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW 1842-1954), Wednesday 18 April 1900,

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Wednesday 18 April 1900,

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14306491

flower The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW  1842-1954), Friday 22 September 1950,

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Friday 22 September 1950,

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18174156

SCOTTISH FAIR Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW 1889-1915), Saturday 20 May 1911,

Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889-1915), Saturday 20 May 1911,

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article61609523

A WET LONG WEEKEND

AND ITS FLOODING AGAIN.

BELLINGEN WEATHER ON FACEBOOK

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The school bus just headed up our road but I reckon she’ll be empty. The driveway is barely open and there’s a high tide coming in.

For more info :

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bellingen-Weather/168349003221426?ref=ts

 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/NELLIBELL-IN-BELLINGEN/119455241407893

http://www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au/roads/1739/3056.html

http://tides.willyweather.com.au/nsw/mid-north-coast/bellinger-river–raleigh.html

http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au/

 

 

The school bus had to reverse about 1/2km.

 

MINI TORNADO JUST TO THE NORTH OF COFFS